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Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant, Occcupational Therapy

PRN/OCC, Day Shift

Parkwest Overview:

Parkwest is West Knoxville’s premier medical facility and a top performing heart hospital. In addition to providing the area’s leading cardiac services, Parkwest has been nationally recognized for award-winning care throughout our facility. For 2020-21 Parkwest received recognition from U.S. News & World Report ( as one of the “Top 10” hospitals in Tennessee.

Occupational Therapy:

The Occupational Therapy department provides care to all areas of the hospital including the medical, orthopedic and critical care units. We also serve patients in the Senior Behavioral Health Unit (SBU) treating geriatric patients that have varied diagnoses ranging from cognitive/behavioral disorders to dementia. The OT Department operates from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., with some later evenings based on patient needs to accommodate day of surgery orthopedic patients. There are two OT Departments; one is located on the 5th floor of the Montvue Tower to serve our medical patients and one on the 3rdfloor of the new Dogwood Tower to serve the orthopedic patients. Both OT Departments have full bathrooms with safety equipment installed for ADL training as well as car simulators to practice car transfers. We also perform cognitive assessments to assist with discharge planning and home needs. Our OT Department is very family-oriented and thrives on teamwork and collaboration. We offer a fast-paced, high energy environment working with a variety of practitioners and medical staff to provide excellent care for all of the patients we serve.

Position Summary:

Under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist, provides treatment programs for occupational therapy patients as defined by State Practice Act. Monitors patients' progress and modifies treatment plans as per the physical therapist.

Recruiter: Jason Shubert|| ||865-374-5393


+ Clinical practice – Administers treatment programs, including specialized treatment

+ Adheres to the "Definition and Utilization of the Occupational Therapy Assistant" as stated in the current American Occupational Therapy Association policy.

+ Monitors patient progress and makes recommendations to the occupational therapist in accordance with patient needs and evidence based practice.

+ Documents patient progress in medical records for assigned patients.

+ Provides input for patient care and discharge planning with other health professionals.

+ Meets established targets for passive/active treatment ratios

+ Involves patient and family in treatment, education and goal setting. Coordinates with other medical personnel regarding patient’s progress, needs and discharge planning.

+ Demonstrates knowledge and competency including providing for age-specific needs of the population served.

+ Serves as a resource person for support staff and other health system staff

+ Assists with training, orientation and supervision of support staff.

+ Assumes responsibility for the educational development of assigned COTA students.

+ Maintains and updates patient documentation in accordance with professional, departmental, organizational, and payer guidelines and timeframes. Maintains established targets for compliance with chart audits.

+ Meets established target for:

+ Quality/outcome measures

+ Service/patient satisfaction measures

+ Financial/productivity measures

+ Growth/patients-per-day measures

+ Demonstrates leadership including, but not limited to:

+ Supervision of support staff

+ Participates in professional organization/meetings (TOTA, AOTA)

+ Volunteers for Covenant Health activities such as the marathon, golf tournament, sports physicals, employee education, etc.

+ Complete partnering activities per established targets per month.

+ Physician office visits

+ Community lectures/volunteer

+ Case Manager visits/marketing

+ Provide or attend in-services

+ Follows policies, procedures, and safety standards. Completes required education assignments annually. Works toward achieving goals and objectives, and participates in quality improvement initiatives as requested.

+ Perform other related duties as assigned or requested.


Minimum Education:

Graduation from an accredited Occupational Therapy Assistant program.

Minimum Experience:


Licensure Requirement:

Must have and maintain Tennessee Occupational Therapy Assistant license.


Job Title SR COTA

ID 4006322

Facility Parkwest Medical Center



Full time
Knoxville, TN

Published on 06/09/2024

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